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VOLUM E the FIRST.
M A D A M,
S I am conscious, that no Composition of my own could be worthy
to be laid at Your Royal Highness's Feet; It is my Happiness, as an Editor, to have this Opportunity of approaching You, by submitting to Your Protection the best Dramatic Poet that these Kingdoms could ever boast of. He enjoy’d, whilst living, the Favour of the Greatest
Queen that has fate on the English Throne; and therefore, I hope, is intitled to Your Royal Highness's Smiles over his Urn.
Could I picture out his Character equal to its Merits, the World would soon discover a sort of Parallel betwixt the Poet and his Patroness. His Excellencies were as great, as they were various; his Beauties strong, and all native; the Frame of his Mind as sweet and candid, as his Countenance was open and engaging; and his Sentiments as chast, as his Conceptions were noble: He knew how to charm without Affectation; and had the wondrous Force of preserving all Hearts, that once felt the Influence of his Attractions.
After what I have said, MADAM, I am afraid the Duty of this